Potsdamer Platz is one of the key business centres in Berlin and is—although not many people know this—a cosmopolitan residential district.
Following the reunification of Germany, the new Potsdamer Platz emerged from the no-man's-land between East and West Berlin: competition winners Renzo Piano and Christoph Kohlbecker, who created a new cosmopolitan urban and residential district together with five other international architect teams, came up with the master plan for this.
The architectural highlights include the glass top of the triangular Forum Tower (Potsdamer Platz 11) by Renzo Piano, which points to the future like a compass needle, and the Kollhoff Tower (Potsdamer Platz 1) decorated with peat-baked bricks, which represents transatlantic bridge-building with New York high-rise architecture of the '20s. The appearance of Potsdamer Platz towards Marlene-Dietrich-Platz is characterised by the terracotta facades designed by Renzo Piano.
Living in the central business district has many advantages: short commutes and fast connections in all directions.
Berlin's Potsdamer Platz is world-famous and a renowned business centre. KPMG, Daimler Real Estate and Hubert Burda Media as well as notable legal and corporate law firms have set up base here. The perfect transport connections for the underground and city trains as well as numerous bus lines guarantee short travel times in the city. You can reach Berlin Central Station in eight minutes with public transport. There are adequate convenient parking opportunities for private vehicles with over 2,150 spaces in the underground car park, which can be accessed via three entrances. The government district is in the immediate vicinity and the new BER airport will be perfectly connected in the future.
Potsdamer Platz itself enjoys an international and lively mix of shopping, entertainment and culture. Upmarket restaurants and quaint cafés are the perfect place for a business lunch or delicious dinner.
The bustle on Potsdamer Platz takes a break in the surrounding green recreational areas.
The Grosser Tiergarten is in walking distance of Potsdamer Platz and offers a green oasis in the middle of the urban hustle and bustle. It stretches from Zoological Gardens in the West to Brandenburger Tor in the East. Friedrich the Great created it as a pleasure garden for the people. Here you can find joggers and walkers—the shorter route through it is worthwhile for relaxing. The Tilla Durieux Park, fondly called the "Rasenkissen" ["Lawn Cushion"], is located directly on Potsdamer Platz. It connects the historic Tiergarten with the modern park by Gleisdreieck station, which is particularly popular among skaters, beach volleyball players, picnic fans and nature lovers. The new parking facilities complement the bustle of the district with places of rest and show the green nature of the cosmopolitan city of Berlin.
Internationally renowned cultural institutions group around Potsdamer Platz.
The new National Gallery and the Philharmonic are world-famous cultural sites in Berlin for modern art and classical music. The Berlin Lunch Concerts in the foyer of the Philharmonic are legendary. Here, professionals can relax during their lunch break with chamber music of the highest standard. The cinema scene as well as the annual Berlinale inspire each and every cinema lover and stimulate with international guests from the district. The Daimler Art Collection offers top-class contemporary art—in Haus Huth or around Potsdamer Platz in the form of sculptures by Frank Stella, Keith Haring and Auke de Vries. Designer shops, galleries, award-winning restaurants and luxury hotels can be found throughout the district.
Berlin's centres can be conquered from Potsdamer Platz in ten minutes—either on foot or on a bicycle.
Following the completion of the Leipziger Platz district, you can stroll down the new shopping mile "LP 12 Mall of Berlin" down to Friedrichstraße past the numerous flagship stores and Galaries Lafayette.
Top restaurants such as "Borchardt", "Bocca di Bacco" and "Austernbank" line Gendarmenmarkt around the corner.
The way to Brandenburger Tor is short and diverse. You can either take the street of the federal state representative offices or walk through Tiergarten. Berlin Mitte or City West can also be reached by bicycle in ten minutes: you can get to Berlin Central Station, Friedrichstraße, Unter den Linden, Museum Island or Kurfürstendamm in just a few minutes.